Adult Sunday School meets at 9:30 a.m. each Sunday, September through May. The following classes are offered:
Faith in the World
Teachers: Mark Brown, Jeff Ingram and Lila Piercey
This class will read and discuss Between the World and Me by Ta-Nehisi Coates
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In a profound work that pivots from the biggest questions about American history and ideals to the most intimate concerns of a father for his son, Ta-Nehisi Coates offers a powerful new framework for understanding our nation’s history and current crisis. Americans have built an empire on the idea of “race,” a falsehood that damages us all but falls most heavily on the bodies of black women and men—bodies exploited through slavery and segregation, and, today, threatened, locked up, and murdered out of all proportion. What is it like to inhabit a black body and find a way to live within it? And how can we all honestly reckon with this fraught history and free ourselves from its burden?
Between the World and Me is Ta-Nehisi Coates’s attempt to answer these questions in a letter to his adolescent son. Coates shares with his son—and readers—the story of his awakening to the truth about his place in the world through a series of revelatory experiences, from Howard University to Civil War battlefields, from the South Side of Chicago to Paris, from his childhood home to the living rooms of mothers whose children’s lives were taken as American plunder. Beautifully woven from personal narrative, reimagined history, and fresh, emotionally charged reportage, Between the World and Me clearly illuminates the past, bracingly confronts our present, and offers a transcendent vision for a way forward.
Teachers: Davis Gray & Steve Parrish
This class is currently reading Six Themes in The Bible Everyone Should Know 1 and 2 Timothy by Thomas G. Long
The six themes explored in the books of 1 and 2 Timothy enable us in the church today to hear the gospel as expressed to these early Christians. We need to concentrate on worship, be led by faithful leaders, stay strong in the faith, love God more than wealth, hear and live God’s Word, and serve faithfully in the church.
Coordinator: Richard Raines and Jaime Groce
This adult class will be studying resources called Feasting on the Word; they study the scripture texts as they arise in the Revised Common Lectionary, a lectionary for worship now used by many Protestant churches, including ours; the lectionary includes readings for Sunday services. Lively discussion can be expected. Class members see their class as an excellent preparation for the weekly worship experience.